Sony scraps sales of Xperia tablet

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Sony has stopped selling its Xperia Tablet S tablets after finding defects in the devices.

According to Reuters, sales were halted after gaps were discovered between the screen and case, making some of the tablets susceptible to water damage. A Sony spokeswoman told Reuters that the hardware issues have been traced back to a "manufacturing flaw" at the Chinese plant where the tablet is made.

Sony has not decided when sales of the tablet will be resumed, the publication said. The technology giant's latest tablet offering -- which shares its Xperia branding with Sony's smartphone line -- was launched commercially on September 7. The Android tablet was first sold in the U.S., closely followed by launches in Japan and Europe.